Functionality of the player in Studio '13 with Engage Interactions
I am struggling with how to implement Engage Interactions in Studio '13 now that it has the integrated player. In Studio '09, we would tell participants to click the items on the their screen (in an Engage Interaction) and then click the 'Next Slide' button when finished. The 'Next Slide' button would automatically appear when they had viewed all items in the interaction.
In Studio '13, even though there is a setting in the Engage Interactions to allow participants to view the items in any order, if they are not on the "last" item in the Engage Interaction, the 'Next' button in the player cycles them through the items in the interaction until they get to whatever Engage has as the last item before it will take them to the next slide. So even if you set the slide properties for the 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons to go to the previous and next slide, unless participants are on the first or last item in an Engage interaction, the 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons won't go to the previous or next slide.
So from a participant's perspective, not only is this inconsistent (i.e. in PowerPoint slides the 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons go to the previous or next slides, and in Engage Interactions the 'Previous' and 'Next' buttons go to the previous or next item in the interaction), but it also forces all Engage Interactions to become boring click-on-the-'Next'-button-to-see-the-items-in-order interactions.
Clicking on an item in an Engage Interaction no longer makes sense, because the odds are that once a participant looks at all the items, when they click on the 'Next' button to go to the next slide, they'll be sitting there wondering why the 'Next' button is taking them through interaction items that they already looked at!